05th Dec2012

East Central 2A Fall Conference All-Star teams

by Lee Wagner

East Central 2A Fall Conference All-Star teams

 

East Central 2A Conference All-Star Teams:

Football:

Topsail – Austin Schoenleber, Devin Williams, Scott Houghtenling, Mason Kimmel.

Clinton – Blake Ellis, Owen Hunt, Greg Smith, Tykerion Stevens.

Croatan – Dillon Bannigan, Mitchell Smith, Johnathan Rigsby, Billy Ryan.

East Duplin – Malik Barber, Dijon Poole, Zac Parker, Blaze Turner, Turone Faison,

Deonta Pickettm, Florencio Laporte.

Northside – Trey Eason, Josh Cabrera, Kendall lark, Matt Lafferty, Zach Sinclair, Makel Jones, DeJarvis Eaddy, Lee Locke.

Richlands – Kadarius McQueen, Ethan Horne, Ian McCLuskey.

South Lenoir – Dion Jones, Dakota Lynn.

Swansboro – DeAndre Tompkins, Shane Hill.

Volleyball:

Topsail – Carlie Smith, Angie Poage, Kayla Hyatt, Sarah Woodward.

East Duplin – Makayla Byrd, Caarson Willams, Lydia Elmore.

Clinton – Tori Tyndall.

Croatan – Kalen Perry, Karley Stevens.

Northside – Kayla Hill.

Richlands – Keagan Jinks.

South Lenoir – Caroline Jones, Taylor Sandlin.

Swansboro – Toni McTaggert, Bailey Rabidou.

Soccer:

Topsail – Sammy Johnson, Taylor Webster, Devon Esteves, JoeEnglese, Will DesMarie.

Clinton – Juan Alvarado, Eric Bradshaw, Colin Faulkner, Wil Pearson, Will Reagan Casey Yang.

Croatan – Garrett Bridgewater, Gunnar Tolston.

East Duplin – Joseph Corte-Real, Seth Russ, William Madrigal.

Northside – Alex Hull.

Richlands – Trey Smith, Jax Eddleman, Marcus Patino.

Swansboro – Ian Cole, Jay Dolph, Bramwell Pace, Austin Shedd.

Girls’ Tennis:

Topsail – Megan Hampston, Franca Buffalino, Caroline Tobin, Lauren Smith.

Clinton – Carolina Barwick.

Croatan – Brittany Russ, Miranda, Ameen.

East Duplin – Rebekah Bryant, Savannah Pierson.

Northside – Loren Mancha.

Richlands – Kalina Taylor.

Swansboro – Morgan Sheehan, Emily Scarborough, Katie Yingling.

Women’s Golf:

Topsail – Mindi White.

Croatan – LeAnn Domitrovits, Mary Leonard, Savannah Vasquez, Mary Hogan.

Richlands – Christie herring, Jessica Sacket.

Swansboro – Kanani Thomas.

Girls’ Cross Country:

Clinton – Grace Reagan, Lexi Valenti.

Croatan – Savannah Page, Mary Stegall, Macy Brinson.

Richlands – Janae Rubendall.

South Lenoir – Caroline Jones.

Swansboro – Brenna Kates-Grass, Kierstyn Horton, Mariah Butchko, Tiffany Saulsgiver, Mia Horvath.

Boys’ Cross Country:

Topsail – Brady Woods, Jackson Moore, Christian Dickens, Domenick Dibiase.

Croatan – Nick Pugh.

East Duplin – Sergio Guzman.

Richlands – Isaac Martinez, Dillon Emch, Maximino Smith.

South Lenoir – Mason Zeagler.

Swansboro – Reid Henderson.

Conference Champions:

Volleyball                               Topsail.

Volleyball J. V.             South Lenoir

Girls’ Tennis                         Topsail.

Boys’ Cross Country            Topsail.

Girls’ Cross Country                 Swansboro.

Football                                    Northside.

Football J. V.                           Clinton.

Girls’ Golf                                Croatan

Soccer                                     Clinton.

Soccer J. V.                             Swansboro

Player, Coach-of-the-Year:

Volleyball Player of the Year           Carlie Smith, Topsail.

Volleyball Coach of the Year           Hill Pearsall, Topsail.

Football Offensive Player                      Dwayne Johnson, Northside.

Football Defensive Player                     Kyle Colborn, Croatan.

Football Co-Coaches                         Bryan Davis, Topsail.

Bob Eason, Northside.

Boys’ Cross Country Player                 Nick Pugh, Croatan.

Boys’ Cross Country Coach                 Richlands.

Girls’ Cross Country Player                 Brenna Kates-Grass, Swansboro.

Girls’ Cross Country Coach                 Susan Teachey, Swansboro.

Girls’ Golf Player                                  LeAnn Domitrivits, Croatan.

Girls’ Golf Coach                                 Joe Banks, Croatan.

Soccer Player                                       Trey Smith, Richlands.

Soccer Co-Coaches                             Brad Spell, Clinton.

Doug Kidd, Swansboro.

Girls’ Tennis Player                               Morgan Sheenan, Swansboro.

Girls’ Tennis Coach                              Tamara Marshburn, Richlands.

04th Dec2012

Good football seasons sparked by excellent football players

by Lee Wagner

HAMPSTEAD – When three of the four area teams make the NCHSAA state football playoffs it’s a pretty good indication that there are some very good players in the area, and that is the case as we looked to formulate an All-Area football team form the four (Dixon, Pender, Topsail, & Trask) in our coverage area.

There were several spots that were especially tough, starting with the quarterback position wher Dixon’s C. D. Hansley, Pender’s Nicky Wells, and Topsail’s Austin Schoenleber all had excellent years.

But we solicited nominations and statistics from the coaches in the area and based on those results we have come up with what we felt were the best players at their respective positions this past season.

As if picking 22 players (11 on offense and 11 on defense) isn’t tough enough, we opted to pick an Offensive Player-of-the-Year and Defensive Player-of-the Year based mostly on the submitted statistics and what they meant to their team.

An argument can be made, as it often is in college, that some teams – and players – compete in weaker conferences and against weaker competition, and while that may be true we based our selections on an overall picture of statistics, team success, and coaches suggestions.

The Offensive Player-of-the-year award goes to Dixon senior quarterback C. D. Hansley. Hansley led the Bulldogs to a 7-4 record – Dixon’s best mark in nearly three decades – and a Coastal Plains 1A Conference record of 4-1, the Bulldogs’ only loss coming via a 48-19 defeat at the hands of NCHSAA 1AA state champion Southwest Onslow.

Along the way the talented senior signal-caller ran for 1,294 yards, passed for an additional 600 yards, and accounted for a total of 20 Dixon touchdowns through his running and passing. Also, according to Dixon Assistant coach Jeremy Shugarts, Hansley was a leader on and off the field.

The Defensive Player-of-the-Year award goes to Topsail senior linebacker Mason Kimmel. In 11 games Kimmel had 109 total tackles (49 solo) but that does not cover what he did by covering the field in both passing and running downs to the extent that that several of his teammates wound up with tackles or interceptions due to Kimmel being where he was supposed to be, when he was supposed to be. Kimmel was a tight end on offense and he accounted for 601 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Topsail Coach Bryan Davis said Kimmel, who is headed for one of the top military institutions, was, “Our emotional leader and one of the best players I have ever coached.”

Dixon’s Ray Swaney – the Coastal Plains 1A Conference Coach-of-the-Year – Pender’s Tony Hudson, and Topsail’s Bryan Davis would all make excellent Coach-of-the-year selections.

Swaney was the leader of the 7-4 Bulldogs, Davis led the Pirates to an overall record of 7-4 (5-2 in the East Central 2A Conference), and Hudson kept the Patriots in the thick of things with an overall record of 6-6 and a Tri-County 1A Conference mark of 4-3.

All of them had a plethora of excellent players, all of them did an excellent job assembling a coaching staff, all of them are excellent coaches, and all of them deserved – and got – consideration.

But we have chosen Trask’s Interim Coach Bill Mercier as our Coach-of-the-Year. While it is relatively easy to coach a team with talent, it is impressive to do the things that Mercier and his staff did.

Coming in suddenly after head Coach Glenn Sellers was forced to step aside after four games due to illness, and losing his starting quarterback shortly thereafter, Mercier kept the Titan ship afloat, and anyone who watched Trask’s games knows those young men did not fold the tent.

There is a lot about life to be learned in sports, much more than the X’s and O’s, such as how to handle – and overcome – adversity, and how to handle constantly being on the short end of a crappy stick when the final result is posted.

You can also learn how to be a leader in those circumstances, and Mercier proved to be an excellent leader, and role model.

Here is the rest of the Topsail News Online All-Area Football team:

First Team Offense:

QB      C. D. Hansley, Sr., Dixon – Offensive Player-of-the-year with 1,294 yards rushing, 600 yards passing, and 20 touchdowns

RB      Devin Williams, Sr. Topsail – 174 carries for 1,324 yards (7.61 yards-per-carry) in 10 games after coming back from injury, 12 receptions for 204 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 52 tackles on defense.

RB      Sam Dixon, Soph., Pender – The cornerstone of Pender’s triple-option offense accounted for 1,390 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns.

WR     Tyler Ross, Jr., Dixon – 16 catches for 300 yards (18.75 yards-per-catch) and over 300 yards in special-teams returns.

WR     Matt Gilgo, Sr., Topsail – 19 receptions for 319 yards, 3 touchdowns, 49 tackles on defense, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, interception, 3 pass breakups.

H-Back          Hunter Jacobs, Sr., Topsail – 28 receptions for 374 yards (13.36 yards-per-reception), 4 touchdowns, 46 tackles on defense, 3 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble.

OL      Travis Padget, Sr. Dixon – Talented leader at center, led line in helping produce 3,587 total offensive yards.

OL      Scott Houtenling, Sr., Topsail – Per Coach Davis, best lineman who helped pave way for over 2,100 yards rushing and 1,750 yards passing; also excellent defensive end with 97 tackles (47 solo), 4 sacks.

OL      Eric Parker, Sr., Dixon – Another important cog in offensive line that helped Dixon’s offense accumulate 3,587 total offensive yards.

OL      Jacob Dew, Jr., Pender – Excellent blocker and solid defensive lineman who had 78 tackles and a touchdown on defense.

OL      Jakeem Smith, Jr., Topsail – Coach Davis said he was the second-best offensive lineman behind Houtenling; also an excellent linebacker with 82 tackles, 3 for loss.

Kicker:           Alec Webster, Sr., Topsail – 5 touchbacks on kickoffs, 28-of-33 extra points, 6-of-9 field goals (longest of 42 yards), averaged 32 yards-per-punt.

KR      Malik Simmons, Jr., Dixon – Averaged 25 yards per return on kickoffs and punts; 300 yards in special-team’s returns, 6 touchdowns.

First-team Defense:

DL      Kymothy Murphy, Sr., Pender – 88 tackles and excellent offensive center.

DL      Kemodrick James, Sr., Trask – Excellent defensive end with 40 solo tackles, 27 assists, 4 sacks, I caused fumble, 2 fumble recoveries.

DL      Brian Dubrey-Moore, Outstanding defensive end with 100 tackles, 6 sacks, 3 caused fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 blocked punts.

LB       Caleb Johnson, Pender – Had 48 tackles on defense and rushed or 638 yards and six touchdowns on offense.

LB       Seth Schoonover, Jr., Dixon – 118 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 caused fumbles, 1 fumble recovery.

LB       Mason Kimmel, Sr., Topsail – Defensive Player-of-the-year; 109 tackles (49 solo), 27 receptions as tight end for 601 yards and 6 touchdowns; Pirates’ inspirational leader.

LB       Jordan Davis, Trask – 25 solo tackles, 28 assists, 1 fumble recovery.

DB      Julius Hansley, Pender – 32 tackles, 4 interceptions, 323 yards rushing on offense.

DB      Addison Futrell, Sr., Topsail – 49 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble return for touchdown.

S          D. J. Love, Trask – 24 solo tackles, 28 assists, 2 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, 12 kickoff return for touchdown.

S          Rashawn Deloach, Pender – 41 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 touchdowns.

P          Jacob Stranz, Sr., Dixon – Averaged 30 yards-per-punt; 42 tackles as defensive end with 9 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries.

Honorable Mention:

Dixon  Sr. LB  Nick Rizzo, Sr. OT Austin Rosensteel, Jr. LB Bradley Schoenecker, Soph. LB Kevin Kagle, Jr. OG Tyler Hudson, Jr. OT Daniel Page. S. DB Robbie Wyble, Jr. CB D’Angelo Willams.

Pender            Sr. QB Nicky Wells, RB Devin Hansley, WR/CB Ryan Jones.

Topsail            Soph. QB Austin Schoenleber, Sr. P/DB Palmer Rice.

Trask              Soph. LB Allen Lee, Jr. K/P Matt Sherman, Sr. CB Arthur Brown.

04th Dec2012

Topsail’s Smith heads up eight-member
All-Area volleyball team

by Lee Wagner

HAMPSTEAD – It becomes more of a challenge every year to pick an All-Area team is any sport, and the results of the 2012 volleyball season produced successful seasons for all four (Dixon, Pender, Topsail, & Trask) teams as well as a plethora of talented players who deserve credit for the efforts they put forth during the year.

The Topsail High School volleyball team not only won the East Central 2A Conference for the third year in a row, they finished the conference schedule with a 12-0 mark in running their three-plus years conference winning streak to 44 games.

Pender tied with Lakewood for the regular-season title in the Tri-County 1A Conference but the Lady Patriots earned the top seed in the 1A playoffs out of the conference when they beat the Lady Leopards in the conference tournament, later beating them again in the playoffs.

Dixon shared the Coastal Plains 1A Conference crown with Southwest Onslow for the second year in a row – two titles in two years for head coach Heather Moore, and Trask had successful season in making the 1A playoffs.

Perhaps the easiest thing in selecting the team this year was choosing the Player-of-the-year, and that honor goes to Topsail senior Carlie Smith, Smith was simply dominant as she finished the year with 345 kills, 62 aces, 56 blocks, and 244 digs. Smith is being recruited by several colleges, and she has earned the opportunity to play at the next level.

The toughest honor to choose was the Coach-of-the-Year. Each of our area’s four teams is blessed with excellent coaches – and educators. Karen Byrd had a team that did not have that single superstar, she simply molded a group of hard-working young ladies into a team that finished with an 8-12 record that included a 7-7 record in the Tri-County 1A Conference.

Heather Moore took over for an icon two years ago when she replaced the irreplaceable Fay Hall at Dixon, and a 12-7 season in her second year included a 9-1 conference record and a share of their conference title.

Pender Coach Matt Davis saw his girls finish with a 23-6 overall record that included a co-champion 12-1 mark in the conference, sharing the regular-season title and  capturing the conference tournament title before advancing to the fourth round of the 1A playoffs.

But the nod goes to Topsail Coach Hill Pearsall. The East Central 2A Conference was the toughest 2A conference in the east and perhaps, from top-to-bottom, in the state so going unbeaten against the likes of East Duplin –whose only three losses all year came at the hands of the Lady Pirates – South Lenoir, and Croatan is amazing. Winning 44 matches over three years is phenomenal.

As always, picking an All-Star team will be met with a mixture of opinion but we sought the opinions – and nominations – of the four coaches.

First-team All-Area:

Carlie Smith, Sr., Topsail – Player-of-the-Year with her aforementioned statistics, and a definite leader on and off the court for the Lady Pirates.

Kayvia Thompson , Sr., Pender – 249 kills, 5 assists, 21 blocks, 120 aces, and 131 digs, and a senior leader and captain for the Lady Patriots.

Catlin Trexel, Sr. Dixon – An extremely talented Libero who finished with 270 digs to go along with 26 aces, 9 kills, and 9 assists.

Angie Poage, Sr., Topsail – A hustler and great team leader who finished the year with 571 assists, 245 digs, 58 aces, and 36 kills.

Kaberlin (KB) Hansley, Sr. Pender – The perfect complement to Thompson with 189 kills, 117 digs, 59 aces, 6 blocks, and 5 assists.

Miranda Davis, Sr., Dixon – A talented three-sport athlete who ended the season with 140 kills, 28 assists, 12 blocks, and 225 digs.

Kayla Hyatt, Soph.,Topsail – The future is bright for this talented three-sport athlete who had 141 kills, 147 digs, 36 blocks, and 29 aces.

Jackie Sanabira, Jr., Pender – An extremely talented setter and two-sport athlete who finished with 649 assists, 61 aces, 15 blocks, 17 kills, and 5 digs.

Coach-of-the-Year: Hill Pearsall, Topsail.

Second Team All-Area:     

Allison Brown, Sr., Dixon – 103 kills, 55 aces, 6 blocks, 157 digs.

Anna Brodmerkel, Sr., Trask – Team captain who averaged 14 assists (280 for the year), and who was a solid leader who continually encouraged her teammates.

Kelsey Pearce, Sr., Dixon – A talent all-around player with 89 kills, 32 blocks, 111 digs, and 49 assists.

Reagan Holloway, Jr., Topsail – 131 kills, 152 digs, 17 aces, 2 blocks.

Kassidy Tyer, Jr., Dixon – A talented Libero with a bright future who had 240 digs.

Sarah Woodward, Jr., Topsail – 45 kills, 72 digs, 19 assists, 7 blocks, 14 aces.

Brianna Pittman, Soph., Pender – 199 kills, 188 blocks.

Chandler Skipper, Jr., Topsail – 213 digs, 8 kills.

Honorable Mention:

Alyssa Aquafredda, Sr., Dixon – 92 kills, 19 Aces, 66 digs.

Alyssa Carter, Jr., Pender – 147 kills, 53 aces, 22 blocks, 15 assists, 72 digs.

Neisha James, Sr., Trask – 220 kills.

Summer Darnell, Sr., Topsail – 90 kills, 99 digs, 25 aces, 4 blocks.

02nd Dec2012

Brown’s 41 points lead Titans past Bulldogs

by Lee Wagner

ROCKY POINT – Heading into Friday night’s game between the boys’ basketball teams from Trask and Dixon High Schools one could make the argument that the Titans were a one-man show with junior Rasheed Brown having scored 17 points in a 67-40 loss to New Hanover, and 31 points in a 70-48 defeat at the hands of North Brunswick.

But on this particular Friday that was as far from the truth as several of Brown’s teammates stepped to the forefront and their efforts – along with Brown’s – resulted in the Titans first win of this young season.

Brown nailed seven three-point baskets en route to a game-high 41 points, and teammate Dakari Jackson hit double figures with 10 points to lead nine Titans into the scoring column as Trask defeated Dixon 84-63 on Friday in a non-conference boys’ basketball game in Rocky Point.

The Titans improved to 1-2 overall as they prepare to play tough 2A Topsail at home on Tuesday. Dixon fell to 0-4 and return to the friendly confines of their own gymnasium to face 2A Swansboro (Dec. 3) and 3A White Oak (Dec. 4) before bringing the Titans to Holly Ridge for a rematch on Dec. 7.

The Titans took control of the game early when they outscored their visitors 19-16 over the first eight minutes of the game. From there they proceeded to steadily increase the lead, taking a 43-34 lead into the locker room at the intermission, and increasing the advantage to 58-46 after three quarters.

Trask thwarted any hopes of a Dixon comeback when they put up 27 points over the final eight minutes of the game to just 17 for the visiting Bulldogs.

Dixon  16-18-12-17=63

Trask  19-24-15-26=84

Trask: Rasheed Brown 41, Tamarack Bolden 4, Tynaffit Davis 8, Dakari Jackson 10 D. J. Love 3, Kemodrick James 2, Marcus Porter 3, Matt Sherman 9, Alex Hicks 4. Totals: 26 1826 83. 3-Point Baskets: Rasheed Brown 7, Tynaffit Davis 1, D. J. Love 1, Matt Sherman 1.

Dixon: Daniel Page 17, Jaylen Michell 15, Trent Marshburn 14, Curtis Trexler 11, Robbie Wyble 4, Zack Sicknick 2, D’Angelo Williams 2. Totals: 20 19-32 63. 3-Point Baskets: Curtis Trexel 1.

Girls basketball

Dixon 33 – Trask 46

Trask’s Kate Freisden scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and CeCe Murphy had a team-high 14 points as the Lady Titans improved to 2-1 with a 46-33 win over the winless Lady Bulldogs (0-4).

For Dixon Corkie Aquafredda scored 12 points followed by Miranda Davis with nine points.

01st Dec2012

Smith, Keri White lead Lady Pirates to easy
win over Pender

by Contributor

HAMPSTEAD – It’s always good when a team can send a message early in any game, often setting the tone for what may happen the remainder of the way.

The Topsail High School girls’ basketball team had the opportunity on Friday night to send one of two messages – the first was that panic would set in as they were playing their first game without senior standout Mindi White, who suffered a season-ending broken arm on Wednesday in a loss to Jacksonville.

The second possible message was we’re going to come together and play hard despite the fact a young team just got younger, regardless of the outcome.

Fortunately for the Pirate faithful the Lady Pirates chose the second option.

Senior volleyball star Carlie Smith, playing basketball for the first time in her high-school athletic career, scored 11 points and pulled down 17 rebounds, and freshman Keri White, getting her first varsity start with the pressure of filling in for her older sister, scored 16 points and recorded six steals as Pender cruised to a 41-18 win over Pender on Friday in a non-conference girls’ basketball game in Hampstead.

The early message the Lady Pirates (1-2) sent came via a stingy and aggressive defense that forced 10 first-period Pender turnovers (32 in ther game) as Topsail outscored the visitors in the red and blue uniforms 16-0 over the first eight minutes of the game

“The girls played hard,” Topsail Coach Jim Clanahan said. “We had a good practice yesterday (Thursday) and worked hard on defense. Keri stepped in for Mindi and did a nice job, and Carlie was solid on the boards.

“We have a game on Tuesday, then nothing until the following Tuesday so we’ll have a week to work on some things, and time to learn to jell more.”

Smith (17) and sophomore Kayla Hyatt (9) almost outrebounded the Lady Patriots (32) themselves, combining for 26 boards, and junior Chandler Skipper was solid against the Pender press, and solid on the scoreboard, adding eight points to the mix.

The Lady Patriots, playing their first game with a group of young, inexperienced girls, were no match for the Topsail defense pressure and simply could not find the bottom of the net on the few shots they managed to get up in that deciding first period.

The Pender girls fought hard, though, actually outgunning Topsail 6-5 in the second period in an attempt to keep the game somewhat competitive, but the Lady Pirates – behind four points from Smith and three from White – tacked on nine points to Pender’s five over the third eight minutes in forging a 30-11 advantage entering the final period.

While the numbers will show that they only pulled down five more rebounds than Pender, the Lady Pirates kept a lot of balls alive that eventually resulted in offensive possessions when the ball was knocked out of bounds by a Lady Patriot player.

The Topsail girls have just one game on tap next week when they play the first of a back-to-back, home-and-home series with Trask. Topsail travels to Rocky Point on Tuesday (Dec. 4) and the Titans head to Hampstead the following Tuesday (Dec. 11).

The Pender girls will next play Tuesday night at home against New Hanover, Wednesday at Lejeune and Friday at Laney.

Pender              0-6-5-  7-18

Topsail            16-5-9-11=41

Topsail: Keri White 4 8-14 16, Kealy Wohlgemuth 0 1-2 1, Chandler Skipper 2 4-6 8, Kayla Hyatt 1 0-4 2, Carlie Smith 5 1-6 11, Amberly Wolf 1 1-2 3. Totals: 13 15-33 41. 3-Point Baskets: None.

Pender: Quasheda Brown 1 2-3 4, Deja Burnett 0 1-2 1, Lydia Herring 1 1-2 3, Kourtney Messick 1 2-4 4, Meghan Cleary 1 0-0 2, Saquoia Dixon 1 0-0 2, India Daniels 1 0-2 2, Megan Wilson 0 0-2 0. Totals: 6 6-19 18. 3-Poibnt Baskets: None.

01st Dec2012

Topsail defense creates 35 turnovers in win over Pender

by Contributor

HAMPSTEAD – A quote that originally said, “Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships,” has often been associated with former Alabama football Coach Bear Bryant but the truth is the origin is traced back to Dave Thorson, a high-school basketball coach and Michigan graduate.

The idea has been bantered around for years, and the truth is you have to have both a good offense and a good defense to win a championship in any sport. But the one thing about playing good defense is your offense doesn’t have to be quite as proficient as it would be if you were giving up, say, 70 points-per-game in the basketball court, so obviously good defense and team-oriented offense are a good combination.

Topsail High School boys’ basketball Coach Jeff Gainey appears to be a fan of the above-mentions philosophy, and while it is entirely too early to clear space for a championship trophy of any kind, the Pirates’ style of play seems to be having a positive effect.

Senior Tyler Hagan led a balanced attack with 11 points, and the Pirate defense forced 35 Patriot turnovers as Topsail rolled to an easy 55-28 win over Pender on Friday in a non-conference boys’ basketball game in Hampstead.

For the second game in a row (following a 49-41 win over 3A Jacksonville on Wednesday) Topsail’s defense was nothing short of spectacular as they limited the Patriots (0-1) to single-digit scoring in thee of the four quarters in the game.

“Defensively we were solid, we were in the right place at the right time,” Topsail Coach Jeff Gainey said. “Offensively we were proficient, there were probably only a few possessions where I felt we weren’t taking ‘we’ shots. I thought we shared the basketball well. But we still have a lot of work to do. I would describe us as a work in progress.”

Where they still need a lot of work is at the charity stripe where they were a less-than-stellar 16-for-33. That followed an abysmal 18-or-37 performance from the free-throw marker in Wednesday’s win over the Cardinals.

Other than that the Pirates (2-1) were fairly proficient just about everywhere else, including on the boards where they outrebounded the Patriots 37-29.

Both teams were a bit tentative on offense in the first quarter that ended with Topsail holding an 8-4 advantage. Four different Pirates had field goals to account for the eight points while Pender senior Khalil Lewis scored all four of the Patriots’ points.

Pender had eight turnovers in the first period and added 11 more in the second when Topsail began to pull away. Matt GIlgo and Trevor Savidge each knocked down a long-distance jumper and seven different Pirates lit up the scoreboard as Topsail held a 20-10 advantage over the second eight minutes that provided a 28-14 lead at the intermission.

Pender’s shooting and turnover (9) woes continued in the third quarter as they could manage two mid-range shots to go along with a three-pointer by Cameron Guertin in scoring just seven points to the Pirates’ 14. Junior point guard Jeremiah Bland and Hagan each had four points for Topsail in that third stanza.

Shannon Washington came off the bench to score all five of his points in the fourth period, and Davis Ball added a free throw to cap off a seven-point, six-rebound effort off the bench for Topsail. Jake Sullivan had seven rebounds, most of them in the final stanza, off the bench for the Pirates.

Topsail will next play a home-and-home series against county rival Trask, starting with a road game in Rocky Point this coming Tuesday (Dec. 4) and following that up with a home game against the Titans the following Tuesday (Dec. 11).

Pender will next play Tuesday at home against New Hanover, Wednesday at Lejeune and Friday at Laney.

Pender            4-10-  7-  7=28

Topsail            8-20-13-14=55

Topsail: Jeremiah Bland 3 2-5 8, Shannon Washington 2 0-0 5, Jarrin Sullivan 1 1-6 3, Mason Kimmel 0 0-1 0, Matt Gilgo 1 0-0 3, Devin Williams 2 4-6 8, Jake Sullivan 1 0-0 2, Tyler Hagan 3 5-9 11, Trevor Savidge 3 1-2 8, Davis Ball 2 3-4 7. Totals: 18 16-33 55. 3-Point Baskets: Shannon Washington 1, Matt Gilgo 1, Trevor Savidge 1.

Pender: Julius Powell 0 0-2 0, Destin White 0 0-2 0, Quate Mackinzie 2 0-0 4, Devin Hansley 1 0-0 2, Tamaris Hansley 4 0-2 8, Cameron Guertin 2 0-0 6, Khalil Lewis 3 2-2 8. Totals: 12 2-13 28. 3-Point Baskets: Cameron Guertin 2.

30th Nov2012

Scorpions speed leads to easy win over Trask

by Contributor

LELAND – You often hear the phrase, “Speed kills,” when it comes to talk on the highways but speed can also be a major deciding factor in sports, especially when the team you are playing has a lot more of it than you do.

That was pretty much the case on Tuesday night as the players on the floor for North Brunswick High School had plenty of speed – and a more-balanced offense – when they and the Titans of Trask took to the floor.

Nik Sloan scored 20 points to lead three Scorpion players in double figures in offsetting a super 31-point performance, 14-rebound effort from Titan junior Rasheed Brown as North Brunswick gained a measure of revenge for the Scorpion girls by vaulting out to a 21-7 first-period lead – opening that advantage to 27-7 minutes into the second quarter – en route to a 70-48 win over the Titan boys.

A full-court press ignited by the quick Scorpion guards created eight first-quarter turnovers, many of which led to easy buckets, as the North Brunswick boys scored the first 12 points of the game en route to a 21-7 first-period lead. Sloan was the recipient of some fast-break passes, adding a long-range jumper to the mix, to score eight of his team-high 20 points in that first eight minutes.

But the Titans seemed to settle in behind the sniping and rebounding of junior Rasheed Brown and the actually reduced the deficit by four (33-23) at the intermission.

The two teams battled evenly in the third quarter and into the fourth quarter before the Scorpions methodically pulled away. The Titans were still relatively close at 58-46 with 4:13 left in the game but that would be as close as they would get. North tacked on three points to Trask’s one to make it 61-47, then went on a 9-1 run to end the game and produce the final score.

“That first quarter is what we expect, that type of tempo and that type of pressure,” North Brunswick Coach Bryan Hayes said. “We want to play in-your-face defense and our goal is to make the other team not want to come out of the locker room for the second half. In the second and third quarters we lost that intensity and we have to work on keeping it up for a full 32 minute.”

About the only Titan that had any scoring success against the Scorpions was junior guard Rasheed Brown. Brown scored 13 points in Trask’s 16-point second quarter, hit for eight in the third period, and had seven more in the fourth quarter for a game-high total of 31 points. Brown also pulled down 14 rebounds and had two assists. The entire Scorpion team only had 31 boards.

“It’s very difficult to stop him,” Hayes said. “We talked about that at halftime. We realized things would go through him and we have to do a better job of realizing that and take it away.”

The Titans (0-2) head home tonight for a game Dixon, then play host to 2A Topsail on Tuesday before heading up to Holly Ridge for a rematch with the Bulldogs next Friday (Dec. 7).

Trask                            7-16-12-13=48

N. Brunswick             21-12-15-22=70

North Brunswick: Adam Jacobs 3 4-6 11, Ronald Roland 4 0-0 8, Tre Graham 2 0-0 5, Nik Sloan 9 1-2 20, Brandon Weaver 4 3-5 11, Terrence Brown 3 0-0 6, Tyler Hickey 1 0-0 2, Jabril Robinson 2 3-4 7. Totals: 28 11-17 70. 3-Point Baskets: Adam Jacobs 1, Tre Graham 1, Nik Sloan 1.

Trask: Tamarack Bolden 2 1-2 5, Rasheed Brown 7 12-15 31, Dakota McFadden 0 0-2 0, Tynaffit Davis 0 0-2 0, Dakari Jackson 1 0-0 2, D. J. Love 1 0-0 2, Marcos Porter 1 2-2 4, Andrew Chomiczewski 2 0-2 4. Totals: 13 17-31 48. 3-Point Baskets: Rasheed Brown 5.

30th Nov2012

2012 THS Wrestling Schedule

by Ken Clarke

2012 THS Wrestling Schedule

Date                Day                 Name                                      Where at?                  Start Times

October 29     Monday           1st day of practice/hydration     Weightroom                 3:25pm

Nov. 20           Tuesday           Eastern Wayne Super Quad      Eastern Wayne 4pm weigh-in, 5pm wrestle

Dec. 1              Saturday           Terry Bache Duals                    THS                             7:30am weigh-ins, 9am wrestle

Dec. 7, 8          Fri. & Sat         Chief Classic Duals                   North Myrtle Beach      Friday -4:30 weigh, 6pm wrestle, Saturday-8am weigh, 9am wrestle

Dec. 14            Friday              Eastern Wayne Super Quad      Eastern Wayne 4pm weigh-in, 5pm wrestle

Dec. 20            Friday              Hoggard Dual                           Hoggard                       5:30pm weigh-in, 6pm wrestle

Jan. 5             Saturday           Battle at the Beach                    THS                             8am weigh-ins, 9am wrestle

Jan. 8              Tuesday           Tri match                                  Richlands                                  5pm weigh-in, 6pm wrestle

Jan. 12            Saturday           Ashley Veterans Cup                Ashley HS                    7:30am weigh-ins, 9am wrestle

Jan. 15            Tuesday           Dual vs Southwest Onslow       THS                             5pm weigh-ins, 6pm wrestle

Jan. 19            Saturday           Scotland County Duals Scotland High               7:30am weigh-ins, 9am wrestle

Jan. 22            Tuesday           Tri match                                  THS                             5pm weigh in, 6pm wrestle

Jan. 26            Saturday           The Pirate Invitational               THS                             8am weigh-ins, 9am wrestle

Jan. 29            Tuesday           Tri match                                  Northside                     5pm weigh in, 6pm wrestle

Feb. 2              Saturday           Ram Duals                                Havelock                      8:30am weigh-in, 9:30 wrestle

Feb. 5              Tuesday           Swansboro Dual                       Swansboro                   5pm weigh-in, 6pm wrestle

Feb. 9              Saturday           Conf. indiv. Champ                   Northside                     TBA

Feb. 12, 14, 16  Tues-Sat        State Dual Championships        TBA                             TBA

Feb. 22-23      Fri. & Sat.        Regional                                   Farmville H.S               TBA

State Individual Tournament        

Feb. 28 -March 1 & 2  Thursday, Friday & Saturday    Greensboro Coliseum 1921 W. Lee St. Greensboro 27403            TBA

30th Nov2012

Lady Titans’ late eight-point’ rally stings Lady Scorpions

by Contributor

LELAND – Good teams generally find a way to win and well it is still way too early to tell if the Trask High School girls’ basketball team is one of those good teams the Lady Titans showed a few things on Wednesday night that says they have a good chance at a good season – patience, perseverance, and a no-quit attitude.

CeCe Murphy scored a game high 17 points and teammate Shawnita Green added 11 as Trask scored the final eight points of the game for a come-from-behind 46-44 win over North Brunswick on Wednesday in a non-conference girls’ basketball game in Leland.

“When it comes to our team effort is not the issue, inexperience is, so that comeback was marvelous,” Trask Coach Lindsay Noble said. “Even though we fell behind late I had a feeling it could happen. This group has a lot of heart, now we just have to get the brains going.”

Things looked bleak for Trask after a basket by North Brunswick’s Katrina Brown gave her Lady Scorpions a 44-38 lead with 2:39 second remaining in the game. But the Lady Titans did not fold the tent rather they rallied with a solid defense that produced three late Lady Scorpion turnovers as they battled back for the victory.

Things went right for the Lady Titans (1-1), especially over the last 2:39 seconds. Up to then, and just prior to Brown’s basket that produced a six-point Lady Scorpion lead, the two teams traded jabs, and the lead, with the largest lead belonging to Trask at 30-24 with 2:04 remaining in the third quarter.

But the North girls showed a little resilience of their own by battling back to tie the score at 31-31 just 21 seconds into the final stanza on a converted free throw by A. J. Mays.

The Lady Titans regained the lead and held a 38-36 advantage with 6:22 left in regulation on a basket by Murphy, but that would be the last time the ball dropped through the bottom of the Lady Titans’ net until Saniyyah McCallister hit a free throw with 2:32 on the game clock.

In between those Trask points the Lady Scorpions used six points from Brown around a basket by Tiffany Keaton to open a six-point lead at 44-38.

McCallister’s free throw made it 44-39, a pair of charity tosses by Tay Gray narrowed the gap to 44-41, and a field goal by Murphy brought Trask to within one at 44-43 with 66 seconds remaining.

Green scored to give the Lady Titans the lead at 45-44 at the 1:08 mark, and Gay added a free throw with 10.2 ticks left to account for the final score.

Trask are at home tonight (Friday) for what should be a very interesting – and extremely competitive – game in Holly Ridge against the Lady Bulldogs of Dixon. The Lady Titans stay home on Tuesday for a non-conference, county-rivalry match against Topsail before heading to Holly Ridge on Friday for a rematch with the Lady Bulldogs

Trask                          8-12-11-15=46

N. Brunswick             9-13-  8-14=44           

Trask: Tay Gray 3 3-4 9, Chrishonda Brown 0 2-4 2, CeCe Murphy 5 6-14 17, Beth Williams 1 0-0 2, Shawnita Geen 4 3-6 11, Saniyyah McCallister 1 1-2 3, Kate Friessen 1 0-1 2. Totals: 15 15-33 46. 3-Point Baskets: CeCe Murphy 1.

North Brunswick: A. J.Mays 2 1-2 6, Tiye Cheatham 2 0-0 5, Gracan Deal 4 0-2 9, Tiffany Keaton 3 0-2 6, Katrina Brown 3 2-6 8, Nikayla Ramsey 5 0-2 10. Totals: 19 3-14 44. 3-Point Baskets: A. J. Mays 1, Tiye Cheatham 1, Gracan Deal 1.

30th Nov2012

Defense helps Pirates ground 3A Cardinals

by Lee Wagner

HAMPSTEAD – After suffering a somewhat embarrassing – and uncharacteristic – loss to Ashley in a game in which they gave up 77 points (77-44) the Topsail High School boys’ basketball team went back to work in the gymnasium, and if you know anything at all about Pirates’ Coach Jeff Gainey you know the emphasis in those sessions was on defense.

Since Gainey came here four years ago the one thing you could count on from his teams was a solid defense effort along with a discipline offense that generally took care of the ball, but little of that was evident in the game against the very-talented 4A Screaming Eagles.

So it was back to the drawing board in anticipation of a visit from the 3A Jacksonville Cardinals, and the effort was definitely more of what can be expected from this squad.

Senior Tyler Hagan scored 17 points and classmate Matt Gilgo chipped in with 10 in support of a sterling defensive effort as Topsail defeated Jacksonville 49-41 on Wednesday in a non-conference boys’ basketball game in Hampstead.

The defensive effort, along with a nicely-balanced scoring attack that saw five Pirates with six points or more, offset a horrendous effort from the charity stripe where the Topsail players combined to go 18-for-37.

“We played with a lot of effort on defense and we were able to close it out on that end of the floor, and we were solid rebounding-wise,” said Gainey after his team evened its early-season record at 1-1. “But 18-for-37 in free-throw shooting, that definitely has to get better. We’re being aggressive offensively but we need to cash in on the opportunities when they are presented to us.”

Topsail began its defensive dominance early when the Pirates limited the Cardinals (1-2) to six points over the first eight minutes of the game while putting 11 on their side of the scoreboard.

The Cardinals temporarily solved the Pirates defense a bit in the second quarter by outscoring Topsail 13-11 to narrow the five-point, first-period deficit to three at 22-19 at the intermission.

Not being in the locker-room at the intermission it’s hard to say what specific direction the closed-door conversion took but the way the Pirates played in the third quarter would emphasize things again went back to defense.

That third eight minutes is where Topsail really took control, outscoring their visitors 12-5 en route to opening a 34-24 advantage with one quarter remaining. Jacksonville did outscore the Pirates by two (17-15) in that final stanza but the rally fell considerably short.

The Pirates stay at home for a big game tonight when county rival Pender travels to Hampstead. The next two Topsail games involve a home-and-home series with another county foe in Trask. The Pirates head to Titantown on Tuesday (Dec. 4) and welcome the Titans to Hampstead the following Tuesday (Dec. 11).

Jacksonville                  6-13-  5-17=41

Topsail                        11-11-12-15=49

Topsail: Jeremiah Bland 2 3-10 7, Jarrin Sullivan 0 1-4 1, Matt Gilgo 3 3-4 10, Devin Williams 1 0-1 2, Tyler Hagan 4 9-14 17, Trevor Savidge 2 2-3 6, Davis Ball 3 0-1 6. Totals: 15 18-37 49. 3-Point Baskets: Matt Gilgo 1.

Jacksonville: Tyler Perry 4 2-4 11, Stone 3 2-4 9, Farrow 1 0-0 2, Vialva 1 0-0 2, Chentler 0 1-3 1, Roman 1 0-0 2, Bodette 1 0-0 2, Smith 4 0-0 9, Perez 1 0-0 3. Totals: 16 5-11 41. 3-Point Baskets: Tyler Perry 1, Stone 1, Smith 1, Perez 1.

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